marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks during its weekly on Sunday morning.
In her sermon, Rev. Camille Cook cited Nehemiah 2:1-6, 11-20. In it, Nehemiah travels to Jerusalem to find "...the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire."
Nehemiah said, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruin, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace."
The parallels between the Old Testament passage and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are apparent. Such acts are "not a new edition in the world's history book," Cook said.
The service's musical selections, which included "Amazing Grace," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and an instrumental arrangement of "God Bless America," were in "commemoration of a solemn event in the history of our country. It is thoughtful and hopeful, rather than celebratory, in character," the program noted.
The flower arrangements were donated by Susan Page, "in honor of the heroes of 9/11 and in memory of those who lost their lives on that day."